Last night I ran to the grocery store to get the ingredients I needed to make today’s recipe and the cold weather was beyond anything I’ve ever felt before. Currently the east coast is experiencing a polar vortex and it is no joke; I wanted to make a recipe to warm myself up from the inside out. I used to think making soup from scratch would be difficult, but it’s actually really simple and so much better for you than buying pre-made soup in a can. Good ingredients and a little love makes every recipe better!
Over medium low heat I melted 1 tablespoon of butter and added the leeks, onions and celery to the pan along with some salt and pepper. I bought pre-diced celery at the store last night, but if you have stalks just dice them the same size as your onions. I cooked them until they were slightly tender and then added them to my large soup pot and set aside.
To the same pan I added another tablespoon of butter until it melted and let my chicken breasts cook over medium low heat until golden brown and slightly charred on both sides. I seasoned them liberally with salt and pepper as well. I love a good crisp on my chicken regardless of how it’s being used.
I removed the chicken from the pan and let it cool before slicing them into bite-sized pieces and setting them aside. While the chicken cooled, I added two tablespoons of butter to my large soup pot (with the vegetables), turned the stove up to medium heat and added the cream cheese until it melted. I then added the chicken stock and heavy cream and let it simmer 15-20 minutes until it began to thicken.
As usual I cooked my bacon in the microwave until crispy and then crumbled. To finish, I added the cooked chicken and bacon to the soup and let it cook another 5 minutes to bring all the flavors together. I seasoned once more with salt and pepper and then served it up with some scallions on top. This is super easy to make and so delicious! I love how chunky and filling the soup is while still being low carb and healthy. It’s easy enough to make during the week, too. You could mix up the veggies you add to the soup as well – add mushrooms or diced bell peppers to incorporate other textures.